"Africa, from the visible to the invisible: a tribute to the film makers of Africa" Cinema Cycle

Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May 2017 - Auditorium

Friday: 7 p.m. - Saturday and Sunday: 4.30p.m.
© Courtesy of Teemour D. Mambety & Maag Daan Crossmedia
"Africa, from the visible to the invisible: a tribute to the film makers of Africa" Cinema Cycle

© Courtesy of Teemour D. Mambety & Maag Daan Crossmedia

Event scheduled in relation with the exhibition "Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier


This truly exceptional weekend envisioned in collaboration with Catherine Ruelle is dedicated to African cinema seen through the eyes of some of its major figures and their cult films.

Each session will be accompanied by a conversation with the film makers concerned and other cinema luminaries.


Screenings of feature-length and short films, encounters and unique ciné-concert events will transport us through time and space from the 1970s to the present, and from Bamako to Dakar via Kinshasa.


From different backgrounds and generations, these film makers offer a uniquely personal perspective on Africa past and present, through a visual and sound portrait of a city, opening the doors to the reality of the continent, from the visible and real to its hidden dimensions, the invisible and the spiritual. Playing with the traditions of cinema and poetry, the films selected share common interests, such as urban existence - daily life in a major African city, the omnipresent female figure and music - an integral part of the screenplays through the characters of singers (Mélé in Bamako and Félicité in the film of the same name) or griottes (singer Aminata Fall in Touki Bouki).

The music of the movies will also be celebrated with an amazing concert by Wasis Diop and Wally Badarou, which will close the session on 13 May.  


This Cinema Cycle benefited from the participation of the Cinémathèque Afrique of the French Institute.    

Cycle of films and encounters


SESSION I: Alain Gomis

Film Félicité (2017), 2 hours, 3 minutes

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alain Gomis, chaired by Catherine Ruelle. 

Friday 12 May 2017, 7 P.M



SESSION II: Djibril Diop Mambety 

Films Touki-bouki (1972), 1 hour, 35 minutes - Mille Soleils (2013), 45 minutes

These screenings will be followed by a discussion with Mati Diop, chaired by Catherine Ruelle.

Closing concert with Wasis Diop and Wally Badarou

Saturday 13 May 2017, 4.30 P.M



SESSION III: Abderrahmane Sissako

Films Bamako (2006), 1 hour 58 minutes - Aïcha  (2004), 35 minutes

The screenings will be followed by a discussion between Abderrahmane Sissako (subject to confirmation) and Newton Aduaka, chaired by Catherine Ruelle. 

Sunday 14 May 2017, 4.30 P.M



Catherine Ruelle


Eminent cinema reporter and critic, and specialist on African cinema Catherine Ruelle has devoted a large part of her career to Radio France Internationale (Cinema today, cinemas without borders 1982-2012). Author of many books devoted to African cinema, including Afrique 50 singularities of a pluralist cinema, she has organised a number of African film festivals, and featured on many festival judging panels, including FESPACO, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). She also chairs the Jean Rouch 2017 Centenary Association.



Félicité (2017) is the story of a singer in a bar in the tumultuous city of Kinshasa, whose colourful nocturnal soundscape echoes the night pictures of Congolese painter Moke, a selection of which hang in the Les Initiés exhibition. Félicité's life turns upside down when her 14-year-old son is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. To pay for the operation needed to save his leg from amputation, she throws herself into a desperate quest through the streets of an electric Kinshasa; a world of music, pain and dreams. 


The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alain Gomis, chaired by Catherine Ruelle.


Touki-bouki  (1972)

Icon of African cinema Djibril Diop Mambety (1945-1998) was a Senegalese actor, screenwriter and director. The legendary Touki Bouki was his first feature length film, and is now seen as the gold standard by many African film makers.

Set against the background of Dakar, Touki-bouki tells the journey of the charismatic cowherd Mory and Anta, a student trying to raise money so that she can leave Senegal and Africa. But when the time comes to leave, Anta boards the boat for Europe and Mory stays behind to return to his roots.    


Mille Soleils  (2013)

Daughter of Wasis Diop and niece of Djibril Diop Mambety, Mati Diop is a Franco-Senegalese actress and director born in 1982 and now living in Paris. She joined the Pavillon artistic research laboratory at the Palais de Tokyo in 2006, followed by the Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in 2007. Mille Soleils (A Thousand Suns) is her second mid-length film.

Forty years afterTouki BoukiMille Soleils catches up with its main actor Magaye Niang, who is still a cowherd in Dakar. At a tribute screening to which he is invited, Magaye is gripped by regret… It's time to search for the love of his life who he parted from at the end of the film.


First-ever concert from Wasis Diop and Wally Badarou


Self-taught to musician Wally Badarou is an electronic music composer. His international career began at a very early age, both solo and in high profile collaborations with Massive Attack, Level 42, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Talking Heads, Foreigner, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba and many others. He wrote and arranged the music for the French Revolution Bicentenary parade devised and organised by Jean-Paul Goude, and has composed many film soundtracks. As a producer, he has also produced albums for Fela Kuti, Salif Keita, Trilok Gurtu and Carlinhos Brown. He has been a board member of SACEM, the French society of authors, composers and publishers of music.

Composer, songwriter and performer Wasis Diop has many film scores to his credit, including the soundtracks of films by his brother Djibril Diop Mambety. He works alone and collaborates with an enormous range of artists from extremely diverse backgrounds. His eclectic music draws on multiple sources of inspiration and calls for a large diversity of instruments. A true musical explorer, Diop fuses African traditions with Celtic and Arabic influences, as well as sophisticated pop and electronica.


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Aïcha  (2004)

Newton Aduaka is a Nigerian film maker born in 1966, who studied film in London and built a career there before moving to Paris. Ezra is his second feature-length film, and won the Yennenga Gold Stallion prize at FESPACO 2007 in Ouagadougou.

Aïcha takes the Senegalese capital of Dakar as its backdrop. Fifty year-old Moussa decides to go out at nightfall. Without as much as a glance at his wife and child, he walks out of the house dressed to kill. He prowls the streets of Dakar in search of a one-night stand. He eventually resorts to a nightclub, where he meets a beautiful and mysterious young woman called Aïcha. After spending a magical moonlit night on the beach with her, Moussa takes Aïcha home. And that's where he discovers her true nature.


Bamako  (2006)

Abderrahmane Sissako is a Mauritanian film maker and producer born in 1961. The key thread running through the body of his work is one of exile and displacement. He paints Africa using autobiographical strokes. In 2015, he became the first African film maker to receive a César for best director for his fourth feature-length filmTimbuktu.

Bamako (2006) is the story of Melé, a bar singer, and her unemployed husband Chaka. A courtroom has been set up in the courtyard of the house they share with other families. Representatives of African civil society are suing the World Bank and the IMF, blaming both organisations for Africa's woes. But amidst the pleas and evidence, life goes on in the courtyard. Chaka seems indifferent to this new desire of Africa to demand its rights...


The essential

Friday 12 May to Sunday 14 May 2017
Friday: 7 p.m. - Saturday and Sunday: 4.30p.m. - Auditorium



Session I

Friday 12 May 2017, 7 P.M

Film Félicité (2017)

Session II

Saturday 13 May 2017, 4.30 P.M

Films Touki-bouki (1972)

Session III

Sunday 14 May 2017, 4.30 P.M    

Films Bamako (2006)

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